Twice during April, I blogged about Melissa Carl, West York Area High School teacher and accomplished poet, and her participation in the Pulitzer Remix project.
I blogged at the beginning of April, then again at the halfway point. I also repurposed that original post to run in print in the Living section of the YDR, because I wanted the whole of our audience to know about what Melissa was doing.
What Melissa was doing, in fact, was writing truly incredible poems under a rigorous schedule and very strict set of guidelines: A new poem every day, using only words found in a Pulitzer-winning novel. Continue reading →
For the month of May, the Poem of the Month prompt is to write a persona poem, or a poem not from your own perspective. You can write in the voice of a family member, a famous person, a pet or even an inanimate object.
When your poem is finished, copy and paste it as a comment on this post. Be sure to include the poem’s title, your name and your township of residence.
Pennsylvania Poetry Society, Inc. is proud to announce that Lynn Fetterolf of York, was a winner in the PPS Annual Contest. Lynn won second prize in categories No. 5 and No. 17. Her poems will be published in Prize Poems 2013. Lynn also won third prize in category No. 10, and fourth prize in category No. 15.
Yesterday, as I was inundated with graphic images and horrific reports from Boston, I learned she’d won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for a collection of poems called “Stag’s Leap,” which happens to be sitting on my bedside table at this very moment.
Poet Sharon Olds won the Pulitzer for Stag’s Leap, a collection of poems that resulted, as Tess Taylor wrote for NPR in late 2012, from Olds’ impressions of the end of her marriage. It includes these lines:
“I show no anger but in flashes of humor,
all is courtesy and horror.”
In her review, Taylor said that Stag’s Leap ”moves beyond Olds to offer an alphabet of grieving, to gather a shape of losing, as well as perhaps offering us some clues about beginning anew.”
Congratulations to Sharon Olds for the deserved recognition and honor!
Have you read ‘Stag’s Leap’? If so, what do you think of it? Have a favorite poem or line?
One of America's most revered poets, Adrienne Rich, said, "The moment of change is the only poem." Because the world is always changing, poetry is everywhere, and everything can be versified.
Here, I'll discuss and review contemporary books of poetry, with a focus on regional writers, publications, and organizations. I'll promote area writers by offering prompts and contests, because I want to foster a spirit of community centered around poets and readers of poetry. This is a place to demystify the art of poetry, to appreciate its economy of language, its precision of image and sound.
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